The kids and I are going at the Christmas crafting again.  The kids are busy making these bookmarks, while I’m busy making these.  Both are very quick, fun, and age (anyone who can read and older) and gender neutral.

What have you been crafting for Christmas?

on the mend and off the needles

The kids are on the mend.  The projects that have been done for weeks are finally free from loose ends.  Creeping ever closer to completing crafted gifts for my tiny people and more.  The weekend is going to be filled with baking, fellowship and a certain little boy’s party.  How does six years fly by?

How are you doing on your Christmas gifts?  What projects are you planning?  Do share.  I love to reap the benefits of the many talented people and original ideas that are out there.


Thirfty Thursday: make it

With the holiday season quickly approaching, I am feeling a bit more pressure to get all my gift projects completed.  So far I have knitted 4 scarfs and 3 hats, cut out 1 pattern, and thought about a zillion other things.  I think it’s time to get busy.

I determined in my heart to make ALL Christmas gifts this year.  Not only does this save money, but also I just believe that everyone I love deserves handmade gifts made just for them.  I know I really feel special when I receive something handmade, and so I want to bless the ones I love with the same feeling. 

So on the list (this is a short version) of hand made items are:

3 aprons

1 stocking

7 pj pants

4 more knitted hats

3 more knitted scarfs

2 pairs of knitted socks

Christmas cards (to send out)

bows for our little friends and family

embroidered hankies for all

a  blanket knitted…this is optional so only if I get my act together

Think I can pull it off?  I am determined.  I do want to so badly.  Here’s a challenge for you…try to make christmas gifts for everyone on your list.  Don’t feel pressure to spend ridiculous amounts of money this year.  Even if you had never made a thing in your life…try.  Start small.  If you knit…washclothes or a scarf.  If sewing, a simple blanket.  If doing paper crafts why not make a box of pre-made cards for someone to have on hand for various occasions.  If none of this is fesable…make photo albums for family with all your favorite pictures from the year.  Grandparents especially love these.  Or frame your family picture.  Even if you only make 1 gift, you’ll save money and bless the socks off someone…or as I’m hoping, onto someone ;) 

Check out my links in the side bar.  These are my favorite sites for FREE ideas and patterns.  What are some of yours?

What are some ideas you have for this season?

Be encouraged and go get busy!  Christmas will be here sooner than you think.  Let the creating begin!